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The H.U.B.B. HELP Trauma Recovery Center for Youth & Families

The H.U.B.B. HELP Trauma Recovery Center for Youth & Families

Commemorative Brick Walkway

This very special fundraiser comes at a critical time for The H.U.B.B. We have achieved much success with our current location and have had the ability to expand with an addition. Our growth in the number of children and families we serve, and our ever-expanding programs requires us to increase our need for dedicated professional staff. Current staff is revered and dedicated and there is a deep, commonly held understanding of the importance of building future capacity and growing financial resources so we may hire additional staff and administrators. Program enhancements cannot be made without proper staffing requirements.
The HUBB Arts & Trauma Center is already a 9,000 square foot, Mayor-appointed “Center of Hope” in Newark’s Central Ward. The HUBB HELP Trauma Recovery Center adds another 2000 square feet of safe space for healing and empowerment. We are reaching out to individuals, private businesses and corporations who are interested in helping us establish this facility by purchasing a brick that will forever be on this walkway. Bricks can be in memory of someone, or just issue words of encouragement.  Please click on the flyer link below to make a purchase.

Support Us, Buy a Brick Today!

Support Us, Buy a Brick Today!

 For our grand opening of The H.U.B.B. HELP TRC for youth and families!
(Healing and Empowering Life Purpose Trauma Recovery Center)

Join us on June 8th or  9th  from 4pm-6pm and take a tour of our newest facility.
The HUBB HELP TRC will aid youth and family victims and offenders of traumatic events who still battle with symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder and ramifications of trauma. We focus on healing through intentional care, victim services and arts therapy. 

We look forward to your support by seeing you at the event.

OWN’S #1 DRAMA ‘THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS’ COMES TO AN END THIS SUMMER The Final Episodes of Tyler Perry’s Long-Running Series Premiere Tuesday, June 1 at 8pm ET/PT

Left to Right: Crystal Fox as Hannah Young, Angela Robinson as Veronica Harrington
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Los Angeles – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today that it will premiere the final episodes of its long running series, “The Haves and the Have Nots,” on Tuesday, June 1 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. The Tyler Perry drama which chronicles the scandalous lives of the Cryer, Harrington and Young families living in Savannah, Georgia, will conclude after eight seasons and 196 episodes.

In this final season viewers will see the wealthy residents of Savannah, Georgia involved in a true-to-life Greek tragedy as Judge Jim Cryer (John Schneider) and his rich friends are all finding out what happens when personal flaws go unchecked. Karma has not been kind to the elite one percenters. The series stars John Schneider, Tika Sumpter, Angela Robinson, Renee Lawless, Crystal Fox, Peter Parros, Tyler Lepley, Gavin Houston, Aaron O’Connell, Brett Davis and Brock Yurich.
“The Haves and the Have Nots” has averaged more than 2.8 million total viewers across its 188 episodes. It averaged more than 3.1 million viewers each year from 2014 to 2017. In 2021 to date, it is the most-watched cable series with African American Women 18+, households and total viewers.

“The Haves and the Have Nots” is produced for OWN by Tyler Perry Studios and created, written and executive produced by Tyler Perry.

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About Tyler Perry Studios
Tyler Perry Studios is a state-of-the-art film and television production facility founded in 2006 by actor, producer, filmmaker, playwright and philanthropist Tyler Perry. Located in Atlanta, Georgia on the historic grounds of the former Fort McPherson army base, the new 330-acre campus is one of the largest production studios in the country. It boasts a variety of shooting locations including 40 buildings on the national register of historic places, 12 purpose-built sound stages, 200 acres of green space, and an expansive backlot.

About OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is the first and only network named for, and inspired by, a single iconic leader. Oprah Winfrey’s heart and creative instincts inform the brand and the magnetism of the channel. OWN is a leading destination for a premium scripted and unscripted programming from today’s most innovative storytellers. OWN connects with its audience wherever they are, inspiring conversation among a global community of like-minded viewers on social media and beyond. Launched on January 1, 2011, OWN is a joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery, Inc. The venture also includes award-winning digital platform Access OWN anytime on or across mobile devices and connected TVs.

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The historic awards show will help to culminate Black Music Month 2021 with great & gifted honorees!

The Women Songwriters’ Hall of Fame, founded to honor women whose body of work represents the best of the heritage and legacy of modern American music, will pay homage to 10 noteworthy female songwriters on June 25, 2021. The stellar event will take place at the opulent Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. and will celebrate some of music’s finest songwriters and composers in a magnificent moment to mark their careers and their classics.

The First Five announced honorees bring an arsenal of artistry, along with hits covering the last five decades of popular music, to their induction. Roberta Flack, known for such giant gems as “Killing Me Softly” and “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”, which made her the 1st artist in music history to win her back-to-back Grammys for Song of The Year (only U2 and Billie Eilish have since joined her), also composed “Be Real Black For Me” with Donny Hathaway and “And So It Goes” with Dr. Angelou;

Singer/songwriter Valerie Simpson wrote and recorded hits for decades with husband and recording partner Nick Ashford, including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (for Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell),” “I’m Every Woman (Chaka Khan and later Whitney Houston),” and Ashford & Simpson’s masterpiece “Solid,” which became a worldwide, chart-topping smash hit;

Tawatha Agee, most known to the world of soul music for her sultry vocals on the hits “Juicy Fruit” and “You, Me and He,” with R&B/Funk/Jazz giant James Mtume, also composed songs for saxophonist Gary Bartz and co-wrote the Stephanie Mills/Teddy Pendergrass hit “Two Hearts”;

the all-female band Klymaxx owned the 80’s with monster radio classics such as “Meeting In The Ladies’ Room,” “The Men All Pause,” the R&B/pop smash “I Miss You” and the timeless women’s anthem “Divas Need Love Too”;

and The Songbird herself Deniece Williams and her sparkling soprano brought life and success to songs like “Gonna Take A Miracle” and the hit pop song from the movie ‘Footloose’ “Let’s Hear It For The Boy,” but she also penned some of her most noted and revered songs including “Silly” and the most sampled and covered “Free.” 

These 5 women will be joined by 5 others as The Women Songwriters Hall of Fame commemorates and acknowledges the female songwriter, who has gone remarkably unrewarded by the music industry that should be lauding and applauding these trailblazers. The event will be executive produced by Janice McLean DeLoatch, founder of WSHOF, who is a noted songwriter, author and TV/radio personality in her own right. The WSHOF not only celebrates these established women songwriters, but also serves as a resource for developing new songwriting talent through workshops, showcases and scholarships. The Women Songwriters Hall of Fame came into existence to salute these women and many others, whose talents stand solidly beside their male counterparts, but whose acknowledgement is so lacking that Billboard and even fashion magazines have done feature stories on the subject.

On June 25, 2021 at The Museum of Women in the Arts, that all changes. Forever. 

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1/ST EXPERIENCE Celebrates the Return of Live Music with New Entertainment Experience Boasting a World-Class Lineup of Artists & Performers to Broadcast Live In Part on NBC During The Race Day Broadcast and on D-Nice’s #ClubQuarantine

D-Nice’s #ClubQuarantine to Live Stream Second Screen JockeyCam Experience as Part of Preakness LIVE

BALTIMORE, MD | APRIL 21, 2021 – Today, 1/ST, owners of the legendary Preakness Stakes, together with 1/ST EXPERIENCE, leaders in blending the worlds of sports, entertainment and hospitality through uniquely curated events, announce Preakness LIVE, a wholly reimagined entertainment experience for Preakness 146.

Taking place on Saturday, May 15, Preakness LIVE will feature legendary DJ, D-Nice, NAACP Image Awards Entertainer Of The Year, 2 Chainz, Grammy Award-winning rapper and 2020 breakout rapper Jack Harlow. Excerpts of Preakness LIVE performances will be shown on NBC during the live race day broadcast from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. ET and live on D-Nice’s #ClubQuarantine Instagram. In addition to the live music excitement of Preakness LIVE, D-Nice’s #ClubQuarantine will live stream the Preakness 146 JockeyCam, a thrilling “second screen experience” that will give fans at home a real-time view of what it is like to be a jockey riding in the Preakness Stakes (G1).

Says D-Nice, “”Performing at this year’s Preakness LIVE alongside 2 Chainz and Jack Harlow is a full circle moment. Last year at this time, I was performing at the nation’s first full-scale, socially distant drive-in concert exclusively for frontline workers at 1/ST Preakness At Home’s Drive-InFieldFest. Now, we are able to come together live for my biggest in-person performance since the pandemic with Preakness LIVE, plus share the experience with my fans all over the world on my #ClubQuarantine Instagram. I’m excited to bring my energy and lift people’s spirits in this safe and socially-distant live experience.”

Last May during the pandemic, 1/ST EXPERIENCE reimagined the live entertainment experience with the nation’s first full-scale, socially distant drive-in concert, Drive-InFieldFest hosted by D-Nice exclusively for first responders as part of the 1/ST Preakness At Home livestream event. Now, the experience comes full circle with Preakness LIVE, an in-person concert headlined by D-NICE along with 2 Chainz and Jack Harlow. With the front rows reserved exclusively for first responders and frontline workers, Preakness LIVE will offer a safe, socially distant and more intimate live audience experiencing replacing, for this year, the tradition of InfieldFest.

With standardized COVID-19 protocols in place, Preakness 146 weekend will host 10,000 fans for a socially distant entertainment event. Preakness LIVE will offer socially distanced pods for groups of eight to provide a unique and private concert viewing environment for concertgoers. To amplify the experience, food, drinks, merchandise and more will be accessible via mobile phone ordering and served directly to guests in their seated pods along with contactless wagering via the 1/ST BET app.

Tickets for Preakness LIVE can be purchased online at beginning Wednesday, April 21. Pods are sold in packages of eight (8) between $360 – $2,000 (or $45 – $350 per person) depending on distance from the stage for the private viewing area.

“This year has given us an opportunity to maximize our entertainment offering and reimagine the race day experience for fans utilizing our ample outdoor spaces,” said Jimmy Vargas, Chief Executive Officer, 1/ST EXPERIENCE. “Sporting and music events around the world have evolved to address safety precautions surrounding COVID-19, and we are proud to again innovate world-class entertainment in a safe and comfortable environment, while using our digital capabilities to share the experience globally.”

One of the most anticipated and celebrated annual sporting events, Preakness weekend features two-days of world-class Thoroughbred horse racing and entertainment. Past performers include Wyclef Jean, Kygo, Post Malone, Sam Hunt, Juice WRLD, the Chainsmokers, and many more top artists.

The year’s event will also feature elevated food and beverage concessions for Preakness 146, such as DIAGEO premium spirits brands, and official wine sponsors Kendall-Jackson and La Crema, who will be activating a pop-up wine tasting experience.

Wagering on Preakness 146 can be enjoyed regardless of where fans are viewing the race day card with handicapping tools available on the 1/ST BET app. Part of the 1/ST TECHNOLOGY suite of handicapping and betting products, 1/ST BET is changing the game by delivering a user-friendly experience that suits everyone from the experienced horseplayer to the first-timer.

For more information about Preakness, please visit or follow the excitement on
social media @PreaknessStakes and #Preakness.

Godfather of Harlem

Godfather of Harlem tells a story inspired by infamous Harlem crime boss Bumpy Johnson (Forest Whitaker), who in the early 1960s returned from eleven years in prison to find the neighborhood he once ruled in shambles. Season 2 finds Bumpy battling the New York Crime Families for control of the lucrative and murderous “French Connection,” the pipeline for heroin that runs from Marseilles to New York Harbor. With a distribution syndicate that includes black crime bosses from other major U.S. cities, Bumpy takes a cue from his friend Malcolm X’s message of black economic nationalism. His ambitious plan will face challenges from not only the Italians but his wife Mayme, daughter Elise, rival Adam Clayton Powell, prosecutor Robert Morgenthau, and even Malcolm himself. Once again, Godfather of Harlem explores the collision of the criminal underworld and civil rights in the colorful, tumultuous year of 1964.

In addition to Oscar winner Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland) as star and executive producer, season 2 sees the return of cast members Vincent D’Onofrio (Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Daredevil), Ilfenesh Hadera (She’s Gotta Have It, Baywatch), Nigél Thatch (Selma, American Dreams), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad, The Mandalorian), Lucy Fry (Bright, Vampire Academy), Rafi Gavron (A Star is Born), and Antoinette Crowe-Legacy. Cast members Erik LaRay Harvey (Luke Cage) and Demi Singleton (King Richard) have been upped to series regulars.

Produced by ABC Signature Studios, which is a part of Disney Television Studios, the series is co-created and executive produced by Chris Brancato and Paul Eckstein (Narcos). Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi, along with James Acheson, Markuann Smith and Joe Chappelle, serve as executive producers. Swizz Beatz serves as executive music producer. Chris Brancato serves as showrunner.

Academy Award-Nominated Documentary Time to Stream for Free on Prime Video and YouTube Starting April 12 for One Week

The critically-acclaimed documentary from director Garrett Bradley could make history as the first-ever Black Female Director to win an Oscar

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The critically-acclaimed documentary from director Garratt Bradley could make history as the first-ever Black Female Director to win an Oscar. Starting on Monday, April 12, Prime Video will stream the Oscar-nominated Amazon Original documentary Time, from filmmaker Garrett Bradley, for free to audiences globally without needing a Prime subscription. The poignant and powerful film will be available in front of the Prime Video paywall as well as streaming on YouTube for one week. In addition, the film will return to theaters starting on Friday, April 16 in New York at the Village East, Los Angeles at The Landmark, and San Francisco at the Embarcadero. If Time wins, it would be history-making as it marks the first time ever a Black female director would win an Academy Award for Best Documentary. 

Time is the most honored documentary of the year, since the film’s world premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival where Garrett Bradley won the Best Director award for US Documentary Competition. She and the film continues to garner notable accolades including a Gotham award, National Board of Review, National Society of Film Critics, New York Film Critics Circle, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Black Film Critics Circle, as well as directing awards at Doc NYC and the IDA Awards. 
Fox Rich is a fighter. The entrepreneur, abolitionist and mother of six boys has spent the last two decades campaigning for the release of her husband, Rob G. Rich, who is serving a 60-year sentence for a robbery they both committed in the early 90s in a moment of desperation. Combining the video diaries Fox has recorded for Rob over the years with intimate glimpses of her present-day life, director Garrett Bradley paints a mesmerizing portrait of the resilience and radical love necessary to prevail over the endless separations of the country’s prison-industrial complex. 

Time cross-cuts footage from the past and present, framing it with a lyrical voiceover from Fox and her sons to provide a uniquely intimate perspective into the long-term costs of incarceration: the children who grow up without fathers, and the mothers who are forced to become caregivers and legal experts all at once. It also reveals how families sustain themselves on sheer faith to prevail over the endless separations of the prison-industrial complex – a remnant of the legacy of slavery. The film’s gorgeous black-and-white cinematography and symphonic rhythm lend an epic quality to Fox and Rob’s story – a story not just of strife, but also of radical, resilient love.
As Bill Gates noted in his review on Gates Notes,, “This is one of the most intimate movies I have ever seen. It records events that are almost unbearably emotional. There is one scene at the end that is unlike anything I had ever seen before in documentary…If Time wins the Oscar this year, it will be the first documentary directed by a Black woman to do so. Garrett Bradley’s talent makes her worthy of that milestone.”  

Time is directed by Garrett Bradley (Alone, America) and produced by Lauren Domino (The Earth Is Humming, America), Kellen Quinn (Midnight Family, Brimstone & Glory), and Garrett Bradley. Executive producers are Laurene Powell Jobs (The Price of Free, A Thousand Cuts), Davis Guggenheim (Waiting for ‘Superman,’ An Inconvenient Truth – 2014 Academy Award winner for Best Feature Documentary), Nicole Stott (Searching for Sugar ManRestrepo), Rahdi Taylor (Minding the Gap, I Am Not Your Negro), and Kathleen Lingo (Walk Run Cha Cha4.1 Miles). Co-executive producers are Jonathan Silberberg (Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory“Iconoclasts”) and Shannon Dill (InheritanceHe Named Me Malala).
Time will stream at no cost on Prime Video and on YouTube for one week. 

Dionne Warwick to Perform First-Ever Livestream Shows with Mandolin Queen of Twitter Continues Digital Streak With From-Home Concerts

Dionne Warwick will play her first shows of the livestream era this spring, courtesy of livestreaming platform Mandolin. With her recent coronation as the Queen of Twitter, Dionne Warwick transcends generations – and now, with Mandolin, she’s taking her digital chops even further with these two shows, scheduled for April 4th and May 9th.

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During the pandemic, Dionne experienced many new ways of communicating with her fanbase and audience either via Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, or Twitter. The next natural step was to stream Dionne in concert and make it available across the globe. For these two shows, ‘Dionne at Home with You,’ she will take fans on a magical journey through her music, interspersed with songs from her unimpeachable songbook and anecdotes from a lifetime of song.

About Dionne Warwick

For almost 60 years since she declared in song, “Don’t Make Me Over” – her first Top 40 smash – legendary Grammy award winner and Recording Academy hall of fame inductee Dionne Warwick has enjoyed numerous hits that are now pop classics. From the years of recording timeless works from songwriting/producing greats Burt Bacharach/Hal David, enjoying her first number one hit with the Spinners (“Then Came You” ) as well as Arista Records years (“Déjà Vu”, “That’s What Friends Are For”) and beyond, Ms. Warwick’s timeless voice is one that is immediately recognizable. Recently, she’s enjoyed newfound fame as The Queen of Twitter, with her humorous and sometimes pointed Tweets resulting in connecting with many, including Grammy winners Chance The Rapper and The Weeknd –both of whom will be collaborating with Ms. Warwick on a future recording.

About Mandolin

Mandolin helps artists and venues create connections with fans and prosper through the music they produce. We intentionally push the boundaries of livestream, giving artists the right tools to create content, share it widely, and then better understand how fans engage. Mandolin gives artists the ability to build a digital strategy, all while giving fans unprecedented access to the artists they love. To learn more about how Mandolin is bringing live music back to the stage, visit or Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

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Podcast Series, Written and Hosted by ABC News’ Steve Osunsami, Debuts on Tuesday, April 6

On Tuesday, April 6 ABC Audio will debut the first episode of its new podcast, “Soul of a Nation: Tulsa’s Buried Truth,”written and hosted by ABC News Senior National Correspondent Steve Osunsami. One of the most brutal and rarely discussed racially motivated attacks in American history occurred in 1921 when a violent white mob descended on a prosperous Black community in Tulsa, Oklahoma, known as Black Wall Street. In less than 24 hours they destroyed and terrorized the neighborhood, killing as many as 300 Black Americans. The collective memory of the massacre was buried by a culture of silence and many victims’ bodies were never found. But now one century later, the possibility of mass graves buried beneath Tulsa has led to a renewed search for answers. Featuring archival audio accounts from witnesses and interviews with historians, “Tulsa’s Buried Truth” brings listeners through the painful history and into the modern-day quest for closure and healing.  

Soul of a Nation: Tulsa’s Buried Truth” also features “The View” Co-host Sunny Hostin and is available for free on major listening platforms, including Apple PodcastsSpotifyAmazon MusicGoogle PodcastsiHeartRadioTuneIn and the ABC News app, with new episodes posting Tuesdays.

The first podcast episode posts the same day as the finale of the historic primetime newsmagazine “Soul of a Nation,” which includes reporting by Osunsami on the massacre. “Soul of a Nation” airs Tuesday, April 6 (10:00 – 11:00 p.m. ET) on ABC. Episodes can also be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu. 

The podcast is produced by the award-winning ABC News Investigative Unit and ABC Audio. Cindy Galli is chief of investigative projects, and Liz Alesse and Eric Johnson are executive producers for ABC Audio.

About ABC Audio:

With distribution to over 1,900 radio stations and digital distributors, ABC Audio is the premier source for audio news, entertainment and music format services in the United States. ABC Audio syndicates ABC News Radio, where more Americans get their radio news than any other commercial broadcaster. ABC Audio includes Air Power, station services with format-specific music content, entertainment and news; ABC Digital, publisher of news, entertainment, lifestyle and music format-specific stories updated 24/7; and syndicated music and talk programming brands. ABC Audio also produces world-class on-demand content, including ABC News’ flagship daily podcast “Start Here” and the international chart-topping hit “The Dropout.”

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Official #SaintsAndSinners Season 5 Trailer

Official #SaintsAndSinners Season 5 Trailer

Bounce released the official trailer and key art for the fifth drama series “Saints & Sinners,” which is produced in partnership with Swirl Film’s Eric Tomosunas & Ron Robinson (Behind the Movement: The Rosa Parks Story, Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story, Tales, Pride & Prejudice). Nigel Campbell serves as the showrunner/executive producer of the series and Saints & Sinners: Judgment Day film, which he also wrote.

OVERVIEW: Lady Ella is in for the ride of her life when Victor Thompson comes to town seeking revenge for his son’s killer and reveals a long-kept secret.

CAST: Vanessa Bell Calloway, Clifton Powell, Donna Biscoe, Jasmine Burke, Tray Chaney, Karlie Redd, David Banner, Keith Robinson, Christian Keyes, JD Williams, Dawn Halfkenny, KeKe Wyatt, and Gregory Alan Williams.

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